Saturday, March 14, 2009

Top DUI cop charged in crash that hurt 10

PEKIN, Ill. - An off-duty central Illinois police officer honored two years ago for cracking down on drunken driving has been charged in an alcohol-related crash that injured 10 people.Greg Heiken, 37, a 13-year veteran of the El Paso police department, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.Heiken, honored by the Illinois Department of Transportation's traffic safety division in 2004 for making the most DUI arrests in Woodford County
Rear-ended an SUV, triggering a chain-reaction crash.
Two people had to be extricated; no life-threatening injuries.
Refused Breathalyzer, so authorities drew his blood.
Faces up to three years in prison on felony aggravated DUI.

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